A book and 2 CDs celebrating the 25th anniversary of this unusual and fascinating musical instrument designed and built by Hal Rammel, an artist's palette outfitted with a contact mic and vertically-mounted rods, played with a variety of uniquely designed bows and mallets.
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Catalog ID: CD019/020
Squidco Product Code: 22333
Format: BOOK + 2 CDs
Packaging: Book with 2 CDs
CD1 recorded in St. Louis and New York City in 1997 and 1998.
CD2 recorded at Penumbra Music Studios in 2014 to 2016.
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"Visual artist and musician Hal Rammel has been involved in the creative arts for the past 45 years. His work as a visual artist encompasses drawing, sculpture and collage, cartooning, and photography (pinhole and alternative cameraless processes). His work has been shown at the National Music Museum (Vermillion, SD), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), the Wustum Museum of Fine Art (Racine, WI), Gallery 1926 (Chicago), Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee), Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago), and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI). His photographs have been reproduced on the covers of compact discs released by Hat Art (Zurich), Penumbra Music (Grafton, WI), and Long Arms (Moscow). His work as a cartoonist has appeared in several volumes including, most recently, Conversations in the Aether (Penumbra Music, 2014).
As a composer and improviser he utilizes musical instruments of his own design and construction, releasing many recordings on his own label Penumbra Music. During the 1980s he was an active member of Chicago's experimental and improvised music scene performing frequently with Gene Coleman, Michael Zerang, John Corbett, Terri Kapsalis, Lou Mallozzi, Jim Baker, Don Meckley and others. In the 1990s he performed at numerous music festivals in the United States and Canada including the Newfoundland Sound Symposium (in 1996 in duo with Johannes Bergmark), the No Music Festival (in 1998 with the Nihilist Spasm Band), and several others. Presently residing in southeastern Wisconsin he performs and records in a variety of projects with Steve Nelson-Raney, Chrisopher Burns, Matt Turner, Jason Wietlispach, Jim Schoenecker, Chris Rosenau, and Jon Mueller in various ensembles that have included Audiotrope, Raccoons, Scrawl, and PaVda releasing recordings with some of these ensembles on Crouton Records, Soutrane, Utech Records, and Necessary Arts. In 2007 he organized and led the quartet The LOST DATA Project (with Lou Mallozzi, Jim Schoenecker, and Jon Mueller) in performances at Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee), Elastic (Chicago), and the Sugar Maple (Milwaukee). In 2011 he founded the Great Lakes Improvising Orchestra to explore large ensemble open form and structured improvisation, an ensemble that includes many composers and improvisers active in Milwaukee's improvised music landscape. Presently, he improvises regularly with Christopher Burns in the duo Scrawl, with Linda Binder in the duo PaVda, and with Jason Weitlispach, Mark Mantel, Wilhelm Matthias, and Joshua Lesniak in the Oak Creek Ensemble.
In 2013, fourteen instruments designed and built by Hal Rammel were included in the permanent collection of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD. These acquisitions include many acoustic instruments built in the early 1990s that figured prominently in his work with Chicago improvisers and in his early recordings on Penumbra Music label. The National Music Museum also acquired four amplified palettes dating from 1997 to 2010.
As an author Hal Rammel has written on musical instrument invention for Experimental Musical Instruments, Rubberneck, and Musical Traditions. His full-length study of surrealism and American folklore, Nowhere in America: The Big Rock Candy Mountain and Other Comic Utopias (including discussion of 'Haywire Mac' McClintock, Blind Blake, Bo Diddley, Al Capp and the Shmoo, Jack Benny, and Spike Jones and Red Ingle), was published by University of Illinois Press in 1991. His liner note essays may be found on recordings released by Atavistic Records and CRI, most recently for the Unheard Music series reissue of Sun Ra's Strange Strings.
As a graphic artist, Hal Rammel has published numerous books of comix and cartoons along with, in the later 70s and early 80s, two chapbooks of pen and ink drawings. His most recent publication is Conversations in the Aether, an Aeolian melodrama and exploration of the visual worlds of 20th century artists such as Paul Klee, Toyen, and Victor Brauner.
Hal Rammel curates the Alternating Currents Live performance series at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee and was the host of Alternating Currents on WMSE (91.7FM) Milwaukee from 1992 until December 2014."-Hal Rammell Website (http://www.halrammel.com/biography--news.html)
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1. Room Adrift 2:20
2. The River Doubles Back 7:15
3. Cross Knot 2:16
4. Cracks In Stones 2:46
5. Scattered Birds 9:29
6. The Drunken Boat 8:14
7. Night and Water 1:38
1. Quickly Lifted 0:43
2. The Tottering Day (for E.W. Murau) 3:14
3. Sweet Earth In Flight (for Marion Brown) 0:48
4. Shivers (for Lucia Dlugoszewski) 2:54
5. Tuning Points I 7:32
6. Scenic Force 2:14
7. Tuning Points II 7:42
8. Perfect Dissemblance 5:35
9. Glance 3:06
10. Leaving. Staying. 2:15
11. Lineage (for Nadi Qamar) 1:40
sample the album:
"The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures (Penumbra Music, 2016) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the invention and exploration of this unique musical instrument first designed and built by Hal Rammel in 1991. The amplified palette is a thin wooden board fashioned in the shape of an artist's palette and outfitted with a contact mic and numerous vertically-mounted wood and metal rods and played with a variety of uniquely designed bows and mallets. The amplified palette produces an astonishing array of sounds as noted in Christopher Burns introductory essay: "Onomatopoeia can't do the palettes justice: grunting, crying, keening, chiming, pealing, clanging, sawing, sizzling, and scraping barely begin to suggest the range of timbres, or to express their depth and intricacy."-Penumbra Music
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